So girls ... not sure what I was thinking trying to grow hydrangeas in zone 3...
Anyways, last summer I planted 3 plants. One little lamb and two lime lights. They suffered really badly shortly after I planted them last summer. I went to mexico and while I was gone we had a huge summer storm with hail that flattenned them to the ground and also they suffered from lack of water.... ( My neighbor forgot to water).
This year I really thought that they were all dead. The scratch test showed no green and so i went out and bought some replacement shrubs and planned to to dig out the hydrangeas on my next day off. Long story short, they werent dead! At least two of them weren't. they started growing green shoots from the ground. I still dug them up and moved them to my backyard in a location isolated from wind. they were sort of in a wind tunnel.
Two of them are THRIVING in their new home. The third one is showing no growth still. I would have thrown it away when I dug it up to transplant it but the roots were still alive. This plant fails the scratch test. It even fails having any green when I snap a branch. Is it gone or should I still keep waiting? Does anybody have luck in zone 3 with hydrangeas. I've moved them to an isolated location with morning sun and a constant flow of water from our sump.... it is good draining soil though. Sure I'm getting growth now on two of them but will they get flowers? I read somewhere that flowers start developping in August the year before. If they die back to the ground after every winter I will never get any flowers will I?